Saturday, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) participated in a grassroots activism campaign in Manchester to hold local state representative Joe LaChance accountable for voting to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults.
LaChance, a former libertarian Republican endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (and with a former A+ voting record), decided to break with his record and not only vote for, but become the prime sponsor of, HB1696, a bill to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire. The bill will have the effect of providing taxpayer-funded healthcare free of charge to able-bodied, working-age adults with no preexisting medical conditions. In other words, a free healthcare ride for those capable of working for their own, courtesy of the NH taxpayer.
According to Greg Moore, State Director for AFP-NH, which led a grassroots activism operation to inform over 800 of LaChance’s voters (and over 1,600 total voters in the state) on Saturday about their legislator’s naughty voting habits, big “day of action” pushes are crucial to letting voters know how politicians actually vote in order to hold them accountable.
“Americans for Prosperity believes that it is critical for citizens to understand where their officials stand on the issues, and how those issues impact them as taxpayers. That’s why accountability is such an important aspect of what we do, and our Day of Action gave us the chance to deliver information to residents about how ObamaCare expansion hurts them.”
A clear conflict of interest in LaChance’s crony vote
Such an about-face in voting record seems bizarre for LaChance, who previously voted with excellent consistency for less taxes and spending, as well as more personal freedom. It starts to look less strange, however, when you realize that he sits on the board of the Elliot Hospital. Now, it makes perfect sense for a corrupt politician to compromise their principles to funnel taxpayer money into an industry where they have a vested interest.
LaChance’s hypocritical history of talking liberty and voting tyranny
Sadly, this would not be the last time Rep. LaChance would compromise his principles and vote to erode liberty. After the Medicaid vote, he voted for HB1000, also known as Granite Hammer, a massive expansion in law enforcement funding to crack down on drug users. In an ultimate move of two-faced politics, LaChance, a former cop, recently became an official speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Apparently, this makes him a former member of law enforcement standing in opposition to his own current voting record.